Your 2018 New York Lizards have a new look at the face-off X. On April 21, Brendan Fowler debuted in the crucial role of face-off specialist after the recent retirement of Greg “Beast” Gurenlian. The 26-year-old Long Island native filled some pretty big shoes on game day.
Fowler Returns Home to his Long Island Roots
In the off-season, the Lizards acquired Fowler in a trade with the Charlotte Hounds. In his first four Major League Lacrosse seasons, he won an impressive 48 percent of his face-off appearances. Last year, he also tallied nine goals and recovered 76 ground balls.
Lizards Head Coach Joe Spallina expressed excitement over Fowler joining the squad. “With Greg (Gurenlian)’s retirement, it has been well documented about the potential void left behind,” he said. “Brendan is one of the top guys in the sport. He is a relentless worker, a great teammate and someone whose game has grown considerably every year. He is a Long Island native and someone we feel keeps us directed toward our goal of getting the Steinfeld Cup back home.”
Accomplished Local Lacrosse Player Joins Lizards
Brendan Fowler is originally from Wantagh, New York. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and Duke University. He helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2013 and 2014. During his college career, he won more than 60 percent of his face-off attempts.
In 2014, Fowler was selected 14th overall in the Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft. The Lizards acquired Fowler from Charlotte in exchange for midfielder Jacob Richard and a second-round selection in the 2018 MLL Collegiate Draft.
Brendan Fowler by the Numbers
- Two-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star
- 2013 USILA 1st Team All-American
- 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
- 2013 Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament
- 2013 and 2014 All-ACC Team
- NCAA all-time leader in face-off wins (339) and face-offs taken (526) in a season
- 4th all-time in NCAA career ground balls (474)
Opening Day, April 21 marked the beginning of a new era for the New York Lizards. Brendan Fowler became the squad’s newest FOGO, one of the most important positions in the field. If his past successes are any indication, this season is sure to be a wild ride.